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Foxx's confirmation hearing is underway in Washington

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Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, who has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be U.S. Transportation Secretary, will be questioned Wednesday afternoon by the Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee – the first step toward a likely full confirmation.

Since Foxx was nominated in late April, he has drawn little criticism from Republicans in the Senate or conservative activists. The mayor probably will be asked about his views on funding for highways and bridges, implementing new air-traffic control systems for the Federal Aviation Administration, and the role of transit in cities.

The hearing is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.

The committee has 13 Democrats and 11 Republicans.

Senate may vote in June

If Foxx’s nomination is approved by the committee, the full Senate could vote on his nomination next month. Foxx would be the nation’s 17th transportation secretary, replacing Ray LaHood, who had been a Republican congressman from Illinois.

The mayor has missed the last two City Council meetings, and has been in Washington, D.C., prepping for the hearing. If Foxx is confirmed, he will step down as mayor. Council members would pick an interim mayor who is also a Democrat.

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